Thanksgiving has now passed us by and now we begin our journey toward Christmas – it’s a journey that we call Advent. It seemed that the theme of today was wait.for.it – waiting. None of us really like waiting. Think about those times that you are put on hold – listening to that really cheesy music – that is interrupted every 30 seconds that says, “Thank you for holding…One of our representatives will be with you in a moment. Your call is very important to us.” Sometimes it seems like that moment turns into an eternity. We think, “are they ever going to come on the line?” I’m sure for those in first century Israel – they thought the same thing, “Is the Messiah ever going to get here?”
Pam and I have done our share of waiting over the last few months – in several different ways. Both of us have the responsibility for picking up our children – in fact, usually I write this Sunday night post as I am waiting to pick up Anna from Cracker Barrel. But we have also been waiting on the Lord. This morning as we headed to church, I was in a gloomy mood. The weather didn’t help that since it was cloudy out and stayed that way much of the day. But as we began to worship – as my children lit the Advent candles – as we sang the songs that told of Jesus’ return – his second advent, something welled up inside of me. It was wonderful to worship in scripture, in song, in prayer and with the sermon – with God’s people. When we left church I could say that it was good to be in the house of the Lord. The Lord is teaching me quite a bit about waiting and in the meantime – Pam and I keep worshiping Him. We are preparing our hearts for his arrival – both the celebration in just a few weeks and for his grand return that was promised many, many years ago.
We continue to appreciate your prayers as we seek the Lord’s direction as to where He would have us serve. In other news, James and I have been busy at work – at Chick-fil-A. It can get pretty crazy there especially on a holiday/football weekend. We have been working many of the same hours, which is a blessing because it saves on gas and the amount of trips that we have to make. We had a good thanksgiving together, with just the four of us and then Anna had to go to work. Then James and I were up early to get the restaurant ready for the Black Friday shoppers on Friday. We have been spending quite a bit of time there of late – but it is that season when it is busy.
We are hoping to see our kids sometime in the next month and we also plan a short trip to Pennsylvania to see my folks and I am looking forward to preaching on the Sunday after Christmas at Waynesboro.
It has been good to get back to running and my hamstring is letting me do that – Pam and I went out for an easy walk this afternoon – in the dreariness. It wasn’t fast, but it was a walk and on days like this, I need to expend some energy.
That’s about all I have for tonight’s edition. Have a great week and seize the day!